Travel to school or college

Most children get to school with their parents or carers, or on their own if they’re older. This may not be possible for some children or young people because: 

  • their school is too far away
  • they’re unable to walk
  • they cannot walk to school, even though it is within the normal walking distance of two miles (if aged 5 -7) or three miles (if aged 8 or over),
  • they’re not able to use public transport in the same way as other children
  • they attend a school where there are no arrangements for boarding at or near the school
  • their religion or belief means that the nearest suitable school is outside the distances.

Travel Assistance

If your child or young person has Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND) and has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan,  or other specified needs, you can apply for free school travel assistance to help them to get to their nearest school or college by using the forms below.

Application for Travel Assistance: Pupils below Compulsory School Age (0-4)

Application for Travel Assistance: Pupils of Compulsory Age (Reception – Year 11)

Application for Travel Assistance: Young Persons of Sixth Form Age (16-18)

Application for Travel Assistance: Adults 19+

How we can help

Your child or young person with SEND may be entitled to financial or practical help with getting to their nearest suitable school. This can also help them to be more independent to get around the city and beyond. This help includes:

  • a bus pass or discounted rail card
  • independent travel training
  • providing a school bus, minibus or taxi service
  • providing an escort to walk your child to school
  • school travel assistance
  • a personal travel budget.

Personal travel budget

A personal travel budget is a payment that you can use for your child or young person’s school travel. 

Some colleges and voluntary organisations offer travel training to help young people over 16 to use public transport independently. Their suitability for travel training will be assessed before a decision is made. 

If you choose to send your child to a school that isn’t the nearest suitable one, you’ll usually be responsible for travel arrangements and costs. 

Other support available for travel

Travelling by bus

You can apply for a disabled young persons or disabled persons bus pass or a companion bus pass if your child is unable to travel without help.

Travelling by train

Your child may qualify for a disabled persons rail card that can get you a third off rail travel throughout the country. Find out more about Travelling by Train

Disabled parking and Blue Badges 

If you are driving your child or young person then you can apply for a Blue Badge to help you park closer to your destination. Find out more about Parking and Blue Badges

Contact us

For general enquiries or to give feedback about your child or young person’s transport service, please contact the Home to School Transport service Monday to Friday, 7:00am – 5.30pm.

Phone: 0121 303 4955


More information 

For more information read our Parents Transport Guide: 

Parents Transport Guide (PDF Version)

You can read our Home to School Transport newsletter here: 

Home to School Transport Newsletter Issue 2 March 2020 (PDF Version)

Home to School Transport Newsletter Issue 2 March 2020 (Word Version)